It Has to Start Sometime

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New beginnings are always a great time! I am constantly in awe of the resoluteness one needs for the closing of the door behind to walk slowly but assuredly away from one’s comfort. And then how soon it can be followed by the exhilaration and anticipation of new worlds to be found in the opening of the doors ahead.

This is where I find myself. Wanting… Maybe even needing… to enter a new unexplored world. Yet I still enjoy and find fulfillment and rest in the world in which I presently reside.

Living simultaneously in two worlds… It can’t last forever… But while it does, I will enjoy the ride.

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If There Is One-Way to Mess It Up, I’ll Find It

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I am a total failure at using a telescope or a microscope. It really does not matter how simple the directions on the box- or the pamphlets- explain the principles of proper usage, when the amazing tools are in my hands… NOTHING! Ask any expert around me… They will bold proclaim “Steer clear of him!”

In science classes, from elementary, to high school, and even college, once I touch the viewing implement… Everything turns whacko. ??? I have even went to night viewing with professional groups to see the stars. I try to wait until the end, because my claim to fame for viewing both the intricate life forms and the extraterrestrial… Once I would touch the viewer mechanisms…

E.T. … You have no worries about being located the remainder of the evening.



Written for The Daily Post: One-Way. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

Share Your World – November 13, 2017

  • 111317sywDo you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?
  • When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light?
  • Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?


Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?

I am not a ‘sit-on-the-park-bench type of people-watcher. I do love to people watch at baseball games and basketball games. It is fascinating to enjoy the escapades of people experiencing adrenaline rushes for passion in short victories and defeats that in another half-hour of their lives will actually mean nothing at all… but at that very moment… Everything is at stake!

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light?

I am VERY old-school. Until three months ago, I did not know my phone had a flashlight! When teh power it out, I go to the trusted candle! As a youth I was a bit of a pyro… I think it hides in that heart of every lad. I LOVE FIRE! (No, I have never burnt down any houses of barns, but many a tree branch gave its life to my maraudering!) )

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

As much as I would love to claim to be the kind philanthropist, I am not. Giving money away to strangers is not the way I walk out my life. I do however love to gift to people groups anonymously. When I know what the need, I do not mind the sacrifice.

So if there were a choice three, I would choose to accept the $100,000, but the donations would be personally selected and the contributions would be anonymous.

I love to assist with scholarships- a semester at a college, or a chance to attend a summer camp. To pay a bill- electrical or an insurance car payment- unbeknown to the recipients… that is more my cup-of-tea.

If there were not a choice three, I want the money!



Written for Share Your World – November 13, 2017. Requirements: Answer the questions. A lst entry.

Share Your World – November 6, 2017

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  • Would you rather take a 2 week vacation with an organized tour or take a cruise of your choice?
  • Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing?
  • What is the most important thing that you ever learned? (I bet it’s not something you learned in school)


Would you rather take a 2 week vacation with an organized tour or take a cruise of your choice?

I have never been outside the United States. I have a great passion to see early Europe- the times of the Greeks and the Romans. I have loved this time period since elementary school.  I would choose the two week organized tour of the ancient European powers.

Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing?

I loved to swing on the swing-sets during recess in second grade. Actually, I loved to swing high, let go, and fly. (Many time-puts at the elementary school fence can be remembered.) Now, I am not much of a swinger?

What is the most important thing that you ever learned? (I bet it’s not something you learned in school)

One close friend is worth the world.



Written for Share Your World – November 6, 2017. Requirements: Answer the questions. A late entry.

 

Spiders of Virginia

        If you have nothing better to do, and it is NOT close to your bedtime, you might enjoy a little arachnological trivia.


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The picture above is Virginia’s famous WOLF SPIDER.


The slideshow below includes our other welcomed contestants are

  • The American House Spider
  • The Arrow-Shaped Micrathena
  • The Barn Spider
  • The Black and Yellow Garden Spider
  • The Bowl and Doily Spider
  • The Crab Spider
  • The Grass Spider
  • The Harvestman Spider
  • The Jumping Spider
  • The Nursery Web Spider

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And then our very own poisonous spiders….

  • The Brown Recluse Spider
  • The Black Widow Spider


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You can thank me later.



Written for The Daily Post:  Bite . I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

Share Your World – October 30, 2017

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Share Your World

October 30, 2017




  • Where do you eat breakfast?
  • Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want have an evening with?
  • If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?



Where do you eat breakfast?

At my local watering hole. Scrambled eggs, two slices of bacon and a homemade biscuit covered in gravy. Yum!!!

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want have an evening with?

Thomas Jefferson (Boy, would I have some questions for him!)

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

A saguaro cactus (You’ll have to decide the why. The Saguaro Cactus Fact Sheet.)



Written for Share Your World – October 30, 2017. Requirements: Answer the questions.

To the Victor

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“Do you really it’s still there?” Steven removed his peaked hat and wiped his brow. Chad had said to remain in uniform, but this heat was stifling.

“Has to be. The plunder of three Spanish galleons… Can’t just have disappeared without a trace.”

“It was heavily guarded. The entire time. You know the story.”

“Just means it was an inside job. I have researched every known officer and penal colony resident during that time period. Not one family has ‘suddenly’ found great wealth. I know the spoils from that wreckage remain hidden in the fortress somewhere.”

“How can you be so sure we will find it?”

“My new actinic encephalogram. It’s set to resonate on gemstones. Emeralds… Rubies… Diamonds.”

“Your Ph.D. in Nucleonic Geoscience…”

“Yep. I have dreamed of this day since the tour guides told our seventh grade class of the legend. From that day, I knew the treasures would one day be mine.”

“I am honored that you have allowed me to witness your soon to be acclaimed achievements.”

Your presence is imperative. I am sure there was an unscrupulous officer needed for the original concealment. It’s only apropos that we unveil the treasure in a like manner.”



Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. Requirements: Using the photo prompt provided create a 200 word flash fiction story.